Ivan Hall, one of six aspirants for the Mayoralty of Moreton Bay Regional Council, addresses a forum at Ferny Hills last weekend.
Mayoral aspirant Ian Bell says Moreton Bay Regional Council and its elected representatives should be sacked if it continues to fail to deliver for its residents.
Mr Bell is one of six candidates vying to be Mayor when local voters make their choices at the ballot box on 28 April.
Mr Bell said spiralling debt, councillors interfering in operational decisions, repeated breaches of the Councillor Code of Conduct, and a culture of bullying and intimidation against other councillors and staff, were some of the reasons for the possible termination of the council.
“If there is not a dramatic improvement in the second term then sacking of Moreton Bay Regional Council is a very real option,” he said.
Fellow candidate Greg Chapman said investigations by the Criminal Misconduct Commission into the dealings of Mayor Allan Sutherland and councillor Chris Whiting, who is also running for Mayor, painted a poor picture of the council.
“Then there are the property deals that have been conducted in morally questionable circumstances,” he said.
Last weekend five candidates spruiked their claims for election at a forum at Ferny Hills.
Hot topics on the agenda included Unity Water and the bid for the Hills District to break away from Moreton Bay to join Brisbane City.
Incumbent Mayor Allan Sutherland did not attend the forum due to a prior engagement.
Candidate John Hall said he wanted to establish trust between ratepayers and Council “by providing ethical behaviour and attention to people in general and Council’s responsibilities”.
Chris Whiting said disparaging statements made about him by Mr Sutherland “simply weren’t true”.
“His negative personal campaign shows he has no plans for the future,” Cr Whiting said.
“It shows he can only tear down, and not focus on building a better council and better communities.”
Ivan Hall said if elected, he would “put the interest of the ratepayers as the first and foremost priority”.
Twelves candidates have put their hand up to oversee the five divisions of Moreton Bay covered by The Westerner.
They are John Dunne and Mick Gillam (Division 8), Mike Charlton, John Dangerfield and Dennis Ride (Division 9), Craig Dunn, Kate Hall and Bob Millar (Division 11), and Rodney Hansen, Adrian Raedel and Malcolm Wright (Division 12).
Brian Battersby will be elected to the Division 10 seat unopposed at the local government election this month.
At the end of his next four-year term the Ferny Hills resident would have been a local government representative for Moreton Bay, and before then the former Pine Rivers Shire Council, for 40 years.
Although he will have no opponent at the polls, Cr Battersby has placed signs around the Hills District urging constituents to support current mayor Allan Sutherland on election day.
A meet the candidates forum for the Division 11 candidates will be held at Cedar Creek Hall on 23 April at 7pm.